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I qualified as a teacher but can't get a job: ask the expert

I qualified as a teacher 2 years ago whilst my son was young, thinking this was a good move for when he was older and a career I love.  Problem - I have been looking for a job ever since and not stepped foot into a classroom as a teacher since.  I have registered with supply, I have applied for over 100 jobs, part time, full time, job share as a classroom helper - anything and everything including dinner lady. I now have the problem, not having been in a classroom for 2 years I am being overlooked and told I am not up to date, despite going into schools volunteering and being a private tutor. When I apply for non teaching posts such as a receptionist, cleaner and fruit packer, I am told I am overqualified and should be looking for teaching as this is what I am qualified in, but there are no jobs! I am going around in circles.  What should I do to get a job in any sector?

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Single mum with no work experience - how can I get a job? Ask the expert

Single mum with no work experience - how can I get a job? Ask the expert

I am a young and single mum in private housing. My child has started nursery on a half day basis, Monday to Friday - I'm unable to get childcare any other time. I really want to get back into work, with a steady and reliable income. I have no work experience.

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Avoiding home-working  scams: ask the expert

I've been looking for a job to do from home and have my CV ready. I've applied for loads of jobs but there only seem to be scams out there.

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Pregnant but need a job: ask the expert

I've been out of work since October 2009, but have been searching for a job for a while now with no luck. I have just discovered I'm pregnant and now I'm unsure of what to do. I haven't been claiming benefits and my husband and I are now struggling financially, but who will employ a pregnant woman? Please can you advise me what I can do?

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Experience but no formal qualifications: ask the expert

I was made redundant from a project manager's role.  I have no formal project managing qualifications just what I have learnt on the job this past 7 years. I was project manager over a £12million project. However, I have now struggled for over a year to get a similar role or more junior role due to not having the formal certificates etc.  How can I get around this without having to pay thousands to retrain as I am a single parent of 2 children with childcare costs of over £1,200 a month to pay while I am working or re-training.

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